Bristol-Levi Custody Brawl Lives Again
Johnston wants more time with Tripp
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2014 10:58 AM CDT
Bristol Palin attends the "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" panel at the Disney ABC TCA Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, July 27, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – If you thought (hoped!) you'd heard the last from Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, well, you thought wrong. The ex-lovers are back in court, fighting over custody of son Tripp, now five, Radar reports. Though Levi's official visitation schedule was never actually finalized, things had been fine for a while—until October, when Bristol moved to Arizona for a six-month training program and took Tripp with her. Levi filed a new custody case in response, but of course, Bristol is hitting back, claiming (among other things) that he owes her nearly $67,000 in child support. Among the text Johnston has sent Palin, which were submitted as evidence in the case:

  • "How can u be so selfish and no I was never EVER ok with u taking my son anywhere or put on your tv show. It's all crap."
  • "TRIPP wants and needs his father, Bristol. ... He needs his dad and my family just as much as yours. And more importantly. Tripp needs stability and a routine and sports. And all that."
  • "Go ahead and ask him if he want to stay with dad or go with u. Bet he says dad. Just saying Bristol. Tripps old enough to tell u what he wants now."
  • "If u only new the things he says to me and how happy he is with his dad and little sister. He really needs us both and I need him Bristol."
The first hearing is on July 30. Click for more, including pictures of Tripp with Levi's 18-month-old daughter, Breeze.

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Benjamin Ghazi
May 28, 2014 3:10 PM CDT
Oh no! I hope Levi isn't going to try and "R E F U D I A T E" the Alaskan Bundy's!
May 28, 2014 10:33 AM CDT
On March 22, 2014 the blog Politicalgates broke this story - that was over 2 months ago; google search "custody trial levi johnston vs bristol politicalgates". Here is Levi's response to Bristol's response posted at Radar online (BTW - its nice to have THE WHOLE STORY, and not just what the Palin's have spoon-fed their puppet media sources): While Bristol is only concerned with money-money-money in HER response, Levi wants what's best for Tripp: Normal sleeping arrangements. Going to a regular school. A relationship with his father AND half sister... Don't YOU WANT TO READ BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY?,_custody_case,_March_7,_2013_-_Opposition_to_interm_custody_schedule_-_POLITICALGATES.pdf The court filings linked above were supplied to Radar Online BY THE PALIN'S. Note Sarah Palin's personal attorney's information on each page of the filing in the middle / left margin. BUSTED! The Palin's are media whoring, trying to try this custody case in the media.
May 28, 2014 10:27 AM CDT
Name a kid Tripp, he'll be a druggie.